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Youth: Babies & Preschoolers

Research shows that children who are exposed to books from a young age are more likely to become strong readers and be successful in school. We can help make learning at home fun and easy!

Browse Our Collection

We have lots of sturdy board books – perfect for little hands! We also have a large picture book collection. Not sure where to start? Ask a librarian for suggestions based on your child’s age and/or interests. We love to help! You can also find great book lists by age through Scholastic Parents and Read Brightly.

1,000 Books Before Kindergarten

Sign up for our FREE early literacy program that encourages you to read with your child every day. 1,000 books may sound like a lot, but it adds up quickly! If you read just one book with your child every day, you can reach that goal in under three years. When you sign up, you’ll receive a tote bag and a binder to keep track of the books you read. Every time you reach 100 books, your child will receive a fun prize that will help develop early literacy skills. Stop by the library youth services desk to get started.

Dolly Parton Imagination Library

Thanks to K-Ready and generous local sponsors, all children ages 0-5 in Wayne County can sign up to receive a FREE book every month from the Dolly Parton Imagination Library! Research shows that children enrolled in this program are significantly better prepared to learn when they start school than their peers who are not enrolled. Learn more at Every Child Can Read.

Storytimes

We offer storytimes for babies/toddlers and preschoolers throughout the year. We love to have fun and learn together and it offers families a chance to meet and socialize as well. Stay tuned to our event calendar for our latest offerings. You can also create your own storytime experience at home by checking out one of our Storytime at Home Kits!

Unattended Child Policy

All children under the age of 10 must have a parent or adult guardian accompany them at all times while using the library.

Parent Resources

  • Birth-to-Five
    Birth-to-Five is a service organization right here in Wayne County, Indiana, dedicated to maximizing the development of young children by providing all kinds of resources and support to local parents and families!
  • Brighter Futures Indiana
    Brighter Futures Indiana is a resource to support you in understanding and enhancing your child’s learning at home and while in care.
  • K-Ready
    K-Ready encourages parents and caregivers to read with their children 20 minutes every day from the day they are born and has distributed thousands of books to kids in Wayne County.
  • PBS Kids
    Videos and games for kids
  • PBS Parents
    Our mission is to use the power of media to open worlds of possibilities for all children, so that every child can reach their full potential in school — and in life. Get age-by-age activities, tips, advice, and stories to help your child learn and grow.
  • Raising Real Readers
    Raising Real Readers is a fun and helpful resource for busy parents, grandparents, and caregivers to learn practical skills to support children on their journey of becoming lifelong readers.
  • Read Brightly
    Brightly provides passionate parents, educators, and caregivers with the tools they need to keep kids connected to books through every age & stage of life.
  • Reading Rockets
    Reading Rockets is a national public media literacy initiative offering information and resources on how young kids learn to read, why so many struggle, and how caring adults can help. Our goal is to bring the reading research to life — to spread the word about reading instruction and to present “what works” in a way that parents and educators can understand and use.
  • Scholastic Parents
    Find book lists and activities by age, as well as helpful parenting articles, provided by the world’s largest publisher and distributor of children’s books.
  • Zero-to-Three
    Our mission is to ensure that all babies and toddlers have a strong start in life. At ZERO TO THREE, we envision a society that has the knowledge and will to support all infants and toddlers in reaching their full potential.